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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by S2KI, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. S2KI

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    Hi everyone

    I have been following the forum for the past couple of weeks and been listening to everyone's advice on the best 42". I have to say that the panny pw5b(3299) is awesome and fully intended to buy one yesterday. UNTIL... I saw the new Hitachi 42PD3000. Now my problem is sometimes I like the panny, sometimes the pio HDE(4099) and NOW sometimes the hitachi. The spec on the Hitatchi is impressive any I can get one all in for 3915 inc spkrs + stand.

    My worry with the panny is connectivity for SKY, DVD, X Box and PS2. And also Future upgradability.

    The Hitachi is so new that no one knows much about it. And just to throw this into the mix. The new fujitsu P42 HH10 looks amazing. Very similar to the Hitachi but no tuner/stand. And only available in Harrods at the moment. Being released later this month.

    Please, please help a confused guy, who knows all the specs, but doesn't know what to do!!!!!

    Thanks
     
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    Console yourself with the fact that whatever you do the next day/week/month you will be able to get something better & cheaper! That's just the nature of the AV beast.

    I can't really offer any advice on which screen to get, not having seen many of the screens in question. However, there are many happy Panny owners here (including me).

    Connectivity can be a major issue, but with the pannys most people do something like:
    - Sky - VGA Connector using one of John Sim's magic boxes (www.rgbtosvideo.com)
    - DVD - Component
    - X-Box/PS2 etc - S-Video (either switched via amp or external box, or you can get a special single lead that you can connect an x-box, a PS2 and a game cube to and plug this into the plasma s-vid).
    (see the Multi Format Scart / AV-S cable at http://www.spectravideo.com)
     
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    I had a similar situation and in the end went for the Pioneer 433HDE

    All the sets I viewed had advantages and disadvantages but the Pioneer seemed to be the best all rounder e.g. very tolerant to different lighting conditions,teletext, good connectivity without buying specialist cables or conversion boxes.

    I have now had the set for about a week, and I do have some minor problems which I didn't or couldn't pick up on in a demo room.

    1.The picture from SKY, Analogue tv and VCR is a bit grainy but this could be due to the fact that i'm used to watching a smaller tv, and i'm sat about 10 feet away from this monster.

    2.When the picture goes to a bright scene e.g. an outside broadcast or bright animation, there is a distinct buzzing noise coming from the set. I'm hoping this will disapear in time as it did on my old tv which used to crackle when changing from light to dark scenes for about the first month.

    3.No auto switching of AV inputs.

    4.No auto aspect ratio switching.

    5.The level of black seems to be more dark grey, I found this to be a problem on every other set although some were better (Panasonic) and some worse ( Philips,Thomson).

    6.I can't do 4 hour sessions on GTA Vice City as i'm worried about screen burn of the in game map which I like to have on.

    In the end it's all down to personal choice and the best advice I can give is to make a list of what you want the set to achieve and make your descision based on that.
    When you get to viewing the set try to see it working as close as possible to how you would have it set up in your home, and take some films you are familiar with to demo on it.

    Good luck
     
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    Cheer monkeyboy


    I must say that playing 4 hours a day of 'vice city' is not good for your heath. You should supplement with an hour of 'the getaway'. This would also help with screen burn!!


    MORE SERIOUSLY.....


    I feel that I am really trying to choose between the panny and the hitachi. I saw in an earlier thread that said that the 42pma400e are very similar screens. How does it compare to the pw5b??
     
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    I saw both these carefully at 7oaks and choose the Hitachi. At home I noticed its fan/system noise permeated the room and decided there and there I could not get used to it, I exchanged it for the Panny which is fanless, whisper quite, blacker black, sexier looking etc etc......, p.s. 7oaks were great about it, even did the exchange on new year's eve !
     
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    Go_Nads

    Might be worth holding back for the new Fujitsu as you suggested. The spec looks impressive, see details :

    http://www.fujitsugeneral.co.jp/english/new/pdp_avm/pdp_avm.html

    I am looking at the 50 inch version and have ruled out the Pio and Panny for various reasons but look forward to reading more about the new Fujitsu's.

    Cheers

    Simon
     
  7. S2KI

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    Too late made the plunge, bought a panny 37pw5b from John Lewis for ₤2939 inc del. & 5 yr warranty.

    I decided I couldn't wait so having listened to everyones advice, I decided to get a 37". Which I will move to the bedroom, once they sort out HD-DVD resolutions. And then I will get a 42". Thanks for all the advice.
     
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    Hey Go_Nads..

    If it's of any use, 3 of us from the forums are going down to a place in Horesham (nr Gatwick) at 11am on Sunday to a viewing of a Panny, Pio MXE and the Hitachi..

    You're welcome to come along - PM me for the details if you fancy it..

    I've compared the Panny and the Hitachi already.. just really want to see the MXE now!

    Cheers, James
     
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    Does the Panny you got from John Lewis have the terminal board fitted? Can't see plasmas on the website so presume you just have to contact your local store? Might take the plunge myself, that 5yr warranty has to be worth having!

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  10. S2KI

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    It does have a terminal board and 5 yr guarantee. I was most careful that they understood this when I bought it. Unfortunately this, according to JL, was the last one that they has in stock without the tuner box. If you ask them to do a special order two JL branches came back with amounts of £4899, which is £900 more than they sell it with the tuner. What sense is there in that?
     
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    JL on Oxford street are showing the 37" panasonic for £3299 (+stand etc).

    Where is the 42" hitachi on display?
    I checked most of central London out today with no sign. It's a shame that Horesham is so far from the midlands !
     

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